Refreshing Video on Teen’s Mental Illness Wins Top Prize


Becca Calla has overcome a dark, difficult past and found beauty in her story.

Calla lives with Tourette syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), pervasive developmental disorders (PDDs) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Sometimes, people have a hard time understanding her behavior. But now, she’s learned to release energy in healthy ways. She’s a kick-ass violin player, for example.

With the two-minute video below, Calla’s classmates Natasha Boshoff and Suaad Issa won Children’s Mental Health Ontario‘s 2014 Change the View Anti-Stigma Film Fest.

“Ask anyone that knows me now,” she says in the clip. “I’m the happiest girl because I know I’m getting the right support and help I need.”


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